Road trip capital of the USA

It’s time for cowboys and counterculture. Wildlife and wilder tales. Open roads and open hearts. Sure, Nevada teems with destinations you can only dream of, but it’s the journey you take to get there where your new favourite stories come to life. In fact, here in the Road Trip Capital of the USA, with our breathtaking scenic byways and endless dirt-road horizons, “taking the road less travelled” isn’t just an idea, it’s practically a guarantee. Fancy yourself a foodie? A die-hard history buff? A thrill-seeking adventure junkie? All of the above and beyond? Perfect. Point is, whichever corner of this state you venture to, you’re bound to uncover the kind of unexpected encounters, memorable characters, and only-in-Nevada experiences that make this place so special. So, feel free to wander. However, chances are we have a Nevada road trip with your name all over it. Read on for the highlights.

Lake Tahoe Loop
Come scale the tallest outdoor rock climbing wall in the world, paddleboard on one of the clearest (and coldest) bodies of water in North America, knock one back at the oldest saloon in Nevada, and walk the original wooden boardwalks in Virginia City where famed writer Mark Twain got his start (and his pen name).

The Death Drive
With its stark desertscapes, thermometer-shattering climate, and all-around extreme reputation, Death Valley National Park is a natural centrepiece for a road trip that visits ghost towns, rugged biker bars, and a charming little family-run coffin shop.

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Great Basin Highway
From sandstone canyons to alpine lakes and plenty of history along the way, the Great Basin Highway – also known as U.S. 93 – will take you through eight Nevada state parks and a few intriguing communities before you end up at Great Basin National Park, home of 13,064-foot Wheeler Peak and the Lehman Caves system.

Loneliest Road in America
Drive the Loneliest Road in America, the stretch of US Route 50 that traverses central Nevada, and we guarantee you’ll find more than peace and quiet.

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Neon to Nature
Las Vegas reels in visitors with its glitz and glam, endless entertainment, and bustling casinos. But just an hour or two from the Strip, some of Nevada’s most alluring scenery, famous landmarks, and exciting attractions beg to be explored.

Extraterrestrial Highway
On this trip, you’ll run adjacent to the Nevada Test and Training Range, which includes Area 51. When you pilot your vessel along the wide-open roads through this scenic, otherworldly wilderness, you’ll appreciate why a visitor would travel across the galaxy to enjoy this kind of freedom.

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Free-Range Art Highway
Nevada is full of talented artists, with a long list of galleries and museums to show for it. Along Highway 95 in Nevada, between Las Vegas and Reno, there’s a lot of art that’s ‘far out’ and exactly why we love it.

The Rubies Route
Adorned with alpine peaks, lakes and flowing streams, tree-studded canyons and horizon-chasing, high-desert valleys, Elko County is vast and varied, and recreational opportunities abound.

Burner Byway
The spirit of Burning Man can be found year-round in northern Nevada. Trace the route Burners take every August on their annual pilgrimage ‘home’ to Burning Man from Reno, out to the Black Rock Desert and beyond.

Cowboy Corridor
With museums, art galleries, poetry festivals, guest ranches and even beers highlighting our hodgepodge of buckaroo, Basque, American Indian, and other traditions – few routes brim with as much Western heritage than the one we call the Cowboy Corridor.

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YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.

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